Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Susan Page Davis -- Recently Writing Christmas Romance

Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 50 novels and novellas in the historical romance, mystery, and suspense genres. She is the mother of six and grandmother of nine. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband Jim. Visit her website at: www.susanpagedavis.com , where you enter another free book drawing, subscribe to her newsletter, and read a short story on her Romance page, besides seeing all her books.

Welcome to Novel PASTimes, Susan! Please tell us about your most recent book release.

In The Christmas Tree Bride, Polly Winfield lives at the stagecoach station that her father operates and often sees Jacob Tierney, one of the drivers. But winter arrives on the prairie bleak and uneventful, and she confesses to Jacob that all she longs for is a Christmas tree. Will a stagecoach accident prevent him from making her wish come true? This novella is #8 in the popular 12 Brides of Christmas series, sold separately as e-books. It’s also found in the paper collection White Christmas Brides, found exclusively in Wal-Mart.

 What led you to write this story?

My editor came up with the idea for the 12 Brides of Christmas collection. She suggested some titles, and one of them sparked this story for me. I live far from most of my family now, and Polly’s longing for friends and relatives around her echoes my own heart this season.

 How do you schedule or find time for your writing? What does your average day look like?

Writing is a full-time job for me. I’m usually at my desk around 7 a.m. and writing on my current book by 8. After I finish the day’s allowance of needed words, I work on other tasks like revising, doing interviews, correspondence, and so on.

As a Christian author, what do you feel is the best way to weave God’s truth into your story?

I try to show this in the characters’ reactions to circumstances. How their faith impacts their lives, especially when they have difficulties, shows God’s power and love.

Are you an introvert or extrovert? And why do you think this?

I’m an introvert who has been forced to do some extroverted things. I was painfully shy as a child. As an adult, I spent many years as a news correspondent. Being forced to interview people and learn to put them at ease helped me to be more comfortable talking to others.

Tomorrow we'll learn what writing related tasks Susan procrastinates and what motivates her to write. Come back to learn more about Susan.

Connect with Susan at:

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Heroes Heroines and History where she blogs on the 23rd of each month.

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Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks for hosting me this week! I love to escape the holiday bustle with a good book.

Maureen Lang said...

So nice to read your post, Susan! My heart twisted when you mentioned missing your family during the holidays - since my parents passed away my extended family no longer gets together (we live a few hours apart). But holidays are far too quiet now! I prefer the crazy, chaotic, NOISY Christmas Eves I knew growing up.

Diana Lesire Brandmeyer said...

I can't wait to read this book. White Christmas Brides is sitting next to my reading chair--waiting! I need some time. :) Loved learning more about you Susan.

Davalyn Spencer said...

I truly enjoyed this sweet story of the risks love will take. Great Christmas read!

Vickie McDonough said...

Merry Christmas, Susan!

Most years, I go all out in decorating for Christmas, but not this year. I have a Jan. 1st book deadline and this has been a really hard year. I decided to stress less and go small for Christmas this year. Instead of the 7 ft tree we normally put up, I have a 3-ft tall one on my coffee table. I can't imagine not having a tree at all. It's tradition for my family to have one and part of our Christmas celebration.

Susan Page Davis said...

Thank you, ladies! This is a season of emotion and busyness for us all. I'm glad you stopped by.

Susan Page Davis said...

Vickie, that sounds like a good solution during a stressful time. We had a Christmas like that, where I just didn't feel like decorating. But the kids wanted it, and I felt much better when I saw the familiar family ornaments displayed again.

Mary Connealy said...

I decorated my whole house in about 1/2 an hour last Saturday.

I guess it's fair to say I DON'T go all out!!!!!

Connie Brown said...

I used to think a Christmas tree was very important as a kid but, as I grew up it wasn't so important. I used to put one up as a high school and college student. When I got out on my own I would put up little trees that were artificial and finally just gave up. I now have a little golden tree that I put on the book shelf. I know that the tree isn't as important as the whole meaning of Christmas. I try to show that Chrsit is the reason behind the season.

Susan Page Davis said...

Good job, Mary! Connie, I think that's true. For some of us the emotional associations are still very great when it comes to putting up the tree, getting out the nativity sets, hanging the wreath, and so on. Thanks for the on-point comment.

Miralee Ferrell said...

Thanks for your sweet post about family and Christmas, Susan. Trees and decorations are very important to me. I love this season and strive to enjoy it...and even more so (with the tree and decorations) this year, as my little 20 month old granddaughter will be here, and it will be her first year of really enjoying Christmas.

Susan Page Davis said...

Don't you just love sharing the holidays with grandchildren, Miralee? It's one of the highlights for me as well. We had six grandchildren here over Thanksgiving, and it did get hectic at times, but what a joy!

Terrie Coleman said...

Susan, this sounds like a very sweet story. I'd love to read it. I so relate to being painfully shy in my younger years, and coming out of my shell later. Bless you. Christmas is a special time of year, full of memories and family and remembering the true gifts. The older I get, the less the decorations mean, and the more the people mean. Happy Christmas to you and yours!

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, Terrie! I understand what you mean about aging ... but then the grandchildren come around and we see how wonderful Christmas is all over again.

Amy C said...

I think the Christmas tree is a fabulous symbol of Christmas. I heard a sermon one time explaining why. During the winter, a pine tree is the only tree that doesn't die. It stays green. A reminder of everlasting life with Jesus. The tree is also of wood. Jesus died on a wooden cross.

Susan Page Davis said...

Great reminder, Amy. Thanks!